James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
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“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)
Whether you came by this story as a reader or as a watcher of Syfy's well-written show, it doesn't disappoint. Action-packed, meaningful and entertaining.
Original, Exciting, Thoughtful
The changing of Eros
Miller is my favorite character.
Modern, beautiful, real science fiction.
I am addicted to this series.
It took me awhile to get into the characters, mostly because I listen while working out and sometimes focus on something other than the book. The narrator, to me, has a similar voice for two of the main characters so at first I had a difficult time telling them apart.
I learnt about James S A Corey's series of books after watching the 1st season of The Expanse on TV. This book was wonderful. To some extent, the TV show did help in framing the worlds described in the book. Without including any spoilers, suffice it to say (as usual) that the book was far better. It illustrates vivid imagination, the subtleties of extended living and birth in low gravity environs, and provides a template of sorts that could determine mankind's extra-terrestrial future. Very uniquely done. And a great performance by the reader/actor, barring a few occasional lapses.
watched the series first? don't worry. start here.
I watched the sci fi series and needed to know what happened next. I agonized for a while, writing that I'd just be re hashing content I'd already seen on TV. not the case. the first season of the TV show covers about 2/5 to 1/2 of the story arc of the book - and it does so in very broad strokes.
Rich earth girl Julie runs away to the asteroid belt and the goes missing. Tired out Belter police detective Miller is hired to find her. And dishonorably discharged Earth ex military Holden and his ragtag water hauler crew come across a ship in distress under mysterious circumstances. All three stories tie together throughout, as Holden, Miller, and the reader slowly discover what really happened to Julie, what the shady corporation Protogen is up to, and whether all out war between Earth, Mars, and the belt can be avoided.
I liked the book ok and it had a lot of interesting ideas, but Holden and Miller ended up feeling a bit too similar to me so the whole thing felt kind of like a sci fi noir detective story told by monotonous stubborn old men with little variation in tone. Desperately needed more from Julie or some other different tone of voice to break it up, especially in the middle where the details dragged on a bit.
Apparently there are sequels, and I'm mildly interested in what happens next, but neither the characters nor the cultural setting really grabbed hold of me enough to make me really care. I'd recommend Vinge's "A Fire Upon The Deep" series instead for slightly post human SF, or Brin's original Uplift trilogy for the human struggle to evolve past the solar system.
I liked this book. It was just my kind of story, reader performance was excellent and I can't think anything negative to say. Reader managed to read different situations and dialects with great accuracy and skill. I've listened around 60 or more audiobooks in the last 3 years and only a few readers impressed me with their performance.
It has a really good rhythm, the story didn't move too fast or too slow, it progressed at a very comfortable pace that kept everything fresh and exciting without feeling rushed. Plus the characters were very well written and diverse, and the dialogue between them was always interesting and felt pretty natural.
The performance was great, he did each characters voice and accent extremely well and had their voices suit their personalities without making it corny or making it sound like a parent reading a child's bed time story.
I absolutely loved this story, it was compelling from beginning to end. Anyone into sci-fi or mystery novels will find this story worth reading.
I really enjoyed this book in the beginning, but it seemed like the author war just trying to make the book longer after the first climax. It leveled out and took forever to get to the final point.
It took me a while to get through this book, but it was very worth it. It was a great Sci-Fi novel with bits of mystery and thriller thrown in for good measure. I thought the characters were very deep and the technology was realistic and detailed without being "too much".
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